• Associate Entomologist, Namibia

    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
  • Overview

    The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org


    Summary of Position:

    In partnership with the University of Namibia (UNAM), the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) seeks a highly qualified entomologist to support the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services and National Vector-borne Diseases Control Programme (NVDCP) on work streams related to entomology and vector control. Entomological capacity has been identified as a significant gap in the Namibia malaria programme, particularly as it relates to the work streams described herein. This is a post doctorate position at the University of Namibia and will involves heavy engagement in entomological field activities and insectary and entomological laboratory support.

    Applicant will be based in the north-eastern region of Zambezi, the capital of which is Katima Mulilo. Applicant information will be reviewed by the NVDCP, UNAM, CHAI and other collaborating partners in the entomological project. The applicant will report to the University of Namibia. Projected start: February 1st, 2019.


    • Provide day-to-day support to the NVDCP to help to make evidence-based plans and execute effective programs, particularly activities pertaining to entomological surveillance and vector control response
    • Support the NVDCP Vector Control team to implement strong systems for integrated vector management monitoring and evaluation
    • Lead technical support for planning, coordinating and conducting programmatic entomological surveillance of malaria vectors and their behavior
    • Supervise laboratory and field entomological activities at the Katima lab
    • Support ongoing entomological capacity building of the NVDCP and other government staff
    • Support vector control activities such as Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and implementation of Larval Source Management (LSM)
    • Keep up to date with the WHO vector control manuals, protocols and SOPs pertaining to entomology and vector control, and support the program to implement these guidelines.
    • Ensuring standardization of entomological activities occurring across the regions involved in ento activities, and in both the Oshakati and Katima labs
    • Support planning, development and implementation of the National Insecticide Resistance Monitoring Plan
    • Support capacity strengthening of the satellite insectary based in Katima Mulilo, with the aim of developing a highly functional national and satellite insectaries
    • Serve as a trusted advisor to the NVDCP, particularly in relation to entomology and vector control
    • Work closely and communicate with the UNAM team, CHAI Namibia malaria program manager, other CHAI staff, and other partners in the entomology project to provide well-coordinated and robust support to the NVDCP
    • Identify key impediments to programmatic goals and help devise targeted solutions
    • Develop high quality presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders
    • Coordinate meetings and facilitate knowledge sharing between the government program and partner organizations in the region to ensure coordination
    • Develop and follow protocols for entomological studies and assessments, following WHO guidance and protocols when available
    • Other responsibilities as needed 


    • PhD in medical entomology or related field strongly preferred; or master’s degree with exceptional experience
    • Ability to perform molecular and biochemical techniques for mosquito species identification and detection of insecticide resistance frequency and mechanisms
    • Strong experience in conducting field entomological activities such as larval collections, human landing catches, pyrethrum spray catches and CDC light traps as well as familiarity with the standard procedures for conducting these collections
    • Experience overseeing insectary activities and conversant with global best practices in insectary and entomology lab supervision
    • Minimum three (3) years of experience in applied field entomology and malaria vector control
    • Exceptional problem-solving skills and entomological data analytical capabilities
    • Experience in coordination of field work and data collection a key requirement
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to develop persuasive presentations and written reports
    • Strong organizational abilities and detail-oriented approach
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
    • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships in a multicultural environment
    • Ability to coordinate and work well with multiple partners, including clear communication and work plan management
    • Patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations
    • Strong supervision skills (insectary and lab staff) as well as strong mentorship skills (regional and district staff)
    • Strong spoken and written English
    • Experience working in developing country context, with willingness to spend up to 50% of time in the field


    • Experience working in Namibian and/or Southern Africa context
    • Experience working with governments in low to middle income countries


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